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Can hepatitis C be transmitted through casual touching or touching objects?

Can hepatitis C be transmitted through casual touching or touching objects?

No: Unless the object (like a needle) breaks through the skin, casual contact (hugging, kissing, sharing dishes or utensils) will not transmit hcv. Avoid ever sharing personal items that may have small amounts o fblood like toothbrushes, razors or nail clippers. ...Read more

Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more


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Hcv experts only please. Can hepatitis C be transmitted through the digestive system?

Hcv experts only please. Can hepatitis C be transmitted through the digestive system?

What is the question: I am not sure what the question is. Hepatitis c cannot be transmitted by stool, vomit, or urine. However, if someone had cuts on the skin and came in contact with bloody stool that could be a risk. If someone is having unprotected sex via anal intercourse, that activity is risky for hepatitis c transmission due to small tears in the anal mucosa (thin tissue in that area). ...Read more

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Can hepatitis c be transmitted by sharing tweezers e.g at a beauty salon? I dont recall if the lady sanitized tweezers and I bled. Anxious plz help!

Can hepatitis c be transmitted by sharing tweezers e.g at a beauty salon? I dont recall if the lady sanitized tweezers and I bled. Anxious plz help!

Unlikely: From what you described the risk of Hep C is remote. To be sure you may get a Hep C nucleic acid test about 6 months after the incident. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Can HIV or hepatitis C be transmitted by a toothbrush easily?

Can HIV or hepatitis C be transmitted by a toothbrush easily?

Not easily: Hiv would be very very unlikely. The virus dies quickly outside the body, elements in saliva provide protection from infection, you would have to have some sort of open wound, and there would have to be large # of viruses. Same is almost true for hep c except it doesn't die quite as quickly and it takes fewer viruses to infect. I do not know of any cases that have been transmitted by a toothbru. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis C be transmitted by a carrier's saliva, or is it only transmitted by blood or sexual contact?

Can hepatitis C be transmitted by a carrier's saliva, or is it only transmitted by blood or sexual contact?

Only by blood: Hepatitis c is usually transmitted by blood, including using an infected person's toothbrush or razor, or getting a tatoo using non-sterile instruments. Trans-nasal trassmission is also possible. Sexual transmission is controversial; possibly limited to rape or violent sexual acts where bleeding is encountered. ...Read more

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What is hepatitis c?

A virus: Hepatitis c is a virus that affects the liver. It is transmitted by blood contact. About 20% of people fight it off quickly. The rest it keeps attacking the liver for years/ decades. Some people get fatigue, some don't notice it. Around 20 years of this attack the liver develop cirrhosis and even failure. There are treatments available, although work is being done on better options. ...Read more

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What is hepatitis C?

What is hepatitis C?

Infection: it is a viral infection that affects the liver ...Read more

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What causes hepatitis c?

Cause of Hepatitis C: This is one of the viruses that cause inflammation and prolonged damage to the liver. The main viruses are given alphabet labels to distinguish them from each other. Hepatiits a is food and water born and some oral ingestion. Hepatitis b is at high risk in blood and body fluid transmission . And hep c is found predominantly in the drug using populations, especially injectors. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more


Dr. Robert Rahimi
567 doctors shared insights

Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more